kill-joy

[ kil-joi ]
/ ˈkɪlˌdʒɔɪ /

noun

a person who spoils the joy or pleasure of others; spoilsport.

Nearby words

  1. kill the fatted calf,
  2. kill the goose that lays the golden eggs,
  3. kill time,
  4. kill two birds with one stone,
  5. kill with kindness,
  6. kill-time,
  7. killable,
  8. killarney,
  9. killdee,
  10. killdeer

Origin of kill-joy

First recorded in 1770–80

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British Dictionary definitions for killjoy

killjoy

/ (ˈkɪlˌdʒɔɪ) /

noun

a person who spoils other people's pleasure
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Word Origin and History for killjoy

killjoy

n.

also kill-joy, 1776, from kill (v.) + joy. Formerly used with other stems (cf. kill-courtesy "boorish person," kill-cow "bully, big man," etc.).

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